Trans Mongolian Express

21 days,Beijing to St Petersburg

Explore the courtyards of the Forbidden City and walk along the Great Wall of China, ride the rails through Mongolia's grassy steppe and Siberia's taiga forests, stay in a local village on Lake Baikal, admire the grand structure of Moscow's Kremlin and Red Square, marvel at the rich art collection in the Hermitage.

From the Great Wall of China to the Hermitage in St Petersburg, travel halfway around the world in three incredible weeks. Board one of the world’s great trains and ride the rails on this once-in-a-lifetime trip across the grassy steppes of Mongolia and through the taiga forests of Siberia. Share train carriages with locals, overnight in Mongolian ger tents and in a cozy Russian homestay. Not only does this trip provide the perfect blend of comfortable accommodations and plenty of activities, but also free time to explore this fascinating region at your own pace.

What's Included

  • Great Wall entrance (Beijing). Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City guided tour. Ulaanbaatar guided city tour including Gandan Monastery and Bogd Khan Palace. Overnight in Mongolian ger camp. Trans Mongolian Railway. Irkutsk city tour. Lake Baikal stay (Listvyanka). Trans Siberian Railway. Ekaterinburg walking tour. Trans Ural Railway. Red Square visit and Moscow metro orientation tour. Kremlin and Armoury guided tour. St Petersburg walking tour. Hermitage Museum entrance. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners. (Allow USD400-475 for meals not included)
  • Hotels/guesthouses (11 nts), homestay (1 nt), sleeper trains (7 nts), Mongolian ger (1 nt).
  • Train, private bus, metro, walking
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 15, avg 12

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Day 1 Beijing

Arrive at any time.

Day 2-3 Beijing

Enjoy a guided tour of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Walk along the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Opt to see an acrobatics or kung fu show, visit the Temple of Heaven or Lama Temple or enjoy a bicycle tour around the city.

Day 4 China-Mongolia Railway

Ride the rails through China into Mongolia, arriving into Ulaanbaatar on Day 5.

Day 5-7 Ulaanbaatar/Terelj National Park (2B,1L,1D)

Take a guided tour to the Gandan Monastery and Bogd Khan Palace, visit the WWII monument on Zaisan Hill, then spend the night in a ger camp. Choose to take in a local cultural show or go horseback riding.

Day 8-9 Trans Mongolian Railway (1B)

Enjoy two nights onboard the train viewing the magnificent scenery travelling from Mongolia into Siberia Russia.

Day 10-11 Irkutsk/Lake Baikal (1B,1D)

Take a guided tour of Irkutsk, the 'Paris of Siberia'. Travel to Listvyanka and opt to visit Baikal Limnological Museum, enjoy a 'banya' (Russian sauna) or a boat ride on the lake.

Day 12-13 Trans Siberian Railway

Embark on a 48-hr train ride from Irkutsk to Ekaterinburg. Drink with locals in the dining car, buy homemade food on the platform from "babushkas" (Russian grandmothers), read, relax, play cards, meet your fellow passengers, watch the taiga forests go by—this is what the experience is all about!

Day 14 Ekaterinburg (1B)

Ekaterinburg guided walking tour, including the Church of All Saints on Spilled Blood and the Black Tulip monument. Opt to see a performance at the Ekaterinburg Opera and Ballet theatre, visit the fine art gallery or military museum.

Day 15 Trans Ural Railway (1B)

Cross from Asia to Europe on this 24-hr train from Ekaterinburg to Moscow.

Day 16-18 Moscow

Orientation of Moscow metro and Red Square with your CEO and a guided Kremlin and Armoury tour. Optional activities include a Moskva River boat trip, visit to Lenin's Mausoleum, Tretiakov Gallery and St Basil's Cathedral. Day 18, take an overnight train to St Petersburg.

Day 19-20 St Petersburg (1B)

Enjoy a walking tour. Visit the Hermitage Museum.

Day 21 St Petersburg (1B)

Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.

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